Outstanding Blogger Award

My fellow quilting blogger, Wendy@ Pieceful Thoughts nominated me for an Outstanding Blogger Award. Thanks Wendy! I feel honored by your nomination. Your blog is one of my favorites to read. I’ve learned so much from you about curved and improv quilting, and I especially enjoy your quilt photography. Be sure to read Wendy’s post about being nominated for the Outstanding Blogger Award.

The Outstanding Blogger Award is given one blogger to another. It’s a way of supporting and acknowledging one another. As an award recipient, I get to answer some questions from Wendy which were fun to reflect on and answer.

Coffee or Tea?

Although I do frequently enjoy cups of tea, if I could only have one hot beverage it would hands-down be coffee. It is definitely what gets me out of bed in the morning along with my cat, Weebles, who wants  an early morning cuddle followed by a treat.

Who inspired you to begin quilting?

Although I wanted nothing to do with quilting when my mom was alive (and as a teenager I complained loudly about stopping at another fabric store!), I appreciated the beautiful quilts she made. For a number of years I made glass mosaics, and I used to say that I quilted with glass. Somewhere around 2008 I took a class from Laurel Skye and learned to make tapestry mosaics. Her book, Mosaic Renaissance, is still available on Amazon. I have one of the mosaic mirrors I made in the kitchen, and yesterday I took it off the wall, cleaned it up a little bit, and covered the mirror with construction paper to be able to photograph it better. I’m sure you will agree there is definite similarity in quilts and this tapestry-style mosaic.

In 2014 a woman named Beverly became a therapist at the community mental health agency where I still work, and it didn’t take long before we started talking about our hobbies. When she said the words, “modern quilting,” my life was changed! I went home and searched online for modern quilting and was amazed at what I saw. Elizabeth Hartman patterns were some of my favorites from the get-go and they still are. Shortly after that, I signed up for a beginning quilting class in the evenings at the local quilt store, Thread Bear, and I was hooked!

What is one unusual item we would find in your quilting room?

Probably my Keurig coffee machine that sits on top of a small refrigerator/freezer that holds the half-and-half for my coffee along with overflow from the main fridge in the kitchen.

When you are not quilting, we’d find you . . ?

I wish I could say something more exciting, but you’d find me at work. I still work full-time supervising the behavioral health therapists at my agency. I need to work another 2 1/2 years before I retire. Thankfully I enjoy my work, and we have a great clinical team that supports each other.

Where do you find your quilting inspiration?

From so many amazing bloggers out there as well as on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I generally read at least a few blogs daily and several times a week I look at posts on social media, but I try hard not to waste too much time on those sites. I’d rather sew instead!

Now It’s My Turn

The last part of this award is two-fold. I get to bestow the award on some other fellow bloggers, and I get to choose questions (up to 10) to ask them.

I’d like to name a bunch of different bloggers that have inspired me over the years, but I’m limited to no more than ten. After some thought, here are the bloggers I would like to share with you because I enjoy their writing styles, and I’ve learned so much from all of them. To those I nominate, I hope you will have some fun, answer the questions, and choose some blogging friends. However, you are under no obligation to do so.

And here are the questions:

  • What advice would you give to yourself as a novice quilter now that you’re a much more experienced quilter?
  • Is there another handcraft besides sewing/quilting that you enjoy doing?
  • What is your favorite part about making a quilt?
  • And your least favorite part?
  • Where do you find your quilting inspiration?

Bonus Question added after I published this blog post because I forgot about it:

  • What quilt project have you done that would you like do again?

Thanks again, Wendy, for nominating me for an Outstanding Blogger Award. It was fun to reflect on your questions and spend some time answering them. And now my mosaic tapestry mirror in the kitchen is a little cleaner!

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4 Responses to Outstanding Blogger Award

  1. So fun to read this post, Mary, and learn a bit ore about you! I love that mosaic mirror with all it’s bright, happy color! Pretty neat that you grew up around fabric and quilts (I did too), and how that has shown up in your life now. Thanks for participating!


  2. rl2b2017 says:

    WHAT the heck?!! Mary. I loved reading this post and, of course, join you in your love for coffee. It’s amazing to me that you’ve only been interested in quilting since 2014. That’s only SEVEN years and you already have grown so much. You have a distinct style – modern – but I see you branching out into more traditional pieces, too. Traditional with your own style thrown in, so Modern Traditional. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you, and I truly think of you as a good friend. {{Hugs}} Thanks so much for nominating me. It will be an honor to answer your questions! ~smile~ Roseanne


  3. chrisknits says:

    Why thank you! I will try to get a post up with my questions. Thanks!

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  4. So fun to read more about you, Mary, and your quilting journey! Your mosaic mirror is just gorgeous – do you make those anymore? Thanks, again, for nominating me, too!


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